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EU, UK take contrasting messages from May's Brexit speech

European Union leaders on Wednesday punctured U.K. optimism about a smooth and mutually beneficial divorce between Britain and the EU, declaring that, no matter what British Prime Theresa May thinks, Britain can't dictate the terms of the separation.

EU President Donald Tusk warned Britain that it will not be able to "pick and choose" the choicest bits of trade and immigration as both sides wade into the negotiations this spring. He said May's Brexit speech on Tuesday, in which she outlined her plans for moving ahead with the divorce, was proof the EU's united stance was working.

May acknowledged she would not be able to break the EU's sacrosanct link between...